In Loving Memory

Hello friends. 

With sorrow of heart I share that my grandmother passed today at the age of 90. It was her birthday. 

It was so hard to sing happy birthday and hold her arm a few minutes later, bidding farewell.

Below is my expression of love to her. I will miss you, grandmother.

My Grandmother, 90 years old today

Bastion of strength, no compromise

Wisdom in tight sealed lips display

When she speaks it is a surprise.

My earliest memory, not harsh or mean

Little child I was, broke sewing machine.

Said I was sorry, she quickly forgave,

This once, my bottom did save.

Once, she planted some flowers and pumpkins,

That was the day she swatted my rumpkins.

Out of my mouth came filth and cursing,

Remember I do, a backhand no mercy.

All through her life she listened to my concern, 

Her cinnamon rolls did the talking,

If we were snarky, grill cheese burn,

Our tasty vittles smoking.

Her life resilient example of enduring through pain,

We picked up commodities from church in the pouring rain.

She was the one who listened when peers said kill yourself,

Her eyes spoke volumes. Her heart untold wealth.

She could read our minds when we played games, and always she would win,

How I long for her loving eyes to look at me again.

She is gone now to see Jesus sweet,

First to throw crown, at His beloved feet.

I miss her much, love you so,words cannot express,

Your quiet strength, example set to weather storm with finesse

In loving memory of my grandmother.

2/18/1930- 2/18/2020

I will miss you! I love you and look forward to seeing you in Heavan with Jesus!

Author: The Storyteller

Benjamin Thiel is a husband, father, correctional professional and author of The Ongoing Tale at Brothers Campfire. His favorite quote is "Don't count the lions. It will make you afraid and slow you down."

105 thoughts on “In Loving Memory

  1. ellie894 says:

    You write of her with great love. I know she was a wonderful woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you my friend 🌷

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    1. The Storyteller says:

      I loved her very much, friend. She was a strong woman with fierce resolve. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!

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      1. gifted50 says:

        Yes Sir, lost mine in 2009, I can empathize with the love and the pain. Just keep all the great lessons she taught you close and continue to make her proud.

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  2. Meerykhati says:

    So so sorry for her loss. Accept my condolences. May God give you the courage ….stand all

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  3. Neha nandwana says:

    Beautifully written 👏 💐 so sorry for her loss. Rip divine soul 🙏 heartfelt condolences to you and your family.. Stay blessed 💐

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  4. leendadll says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Your tribute is wonderful and makes me feel like I knew her.
    Sending you healing thoughts

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  5. A.S. says:

    I can tell by your lovely poem that she was an amazing person. My condolences, Ben. Keep her alive in your heart.

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    1. The Storyteller says:

      She was quite the influence, A.S. I will keep her alive in my heart, and I look to see her in Heavan. Thank you for taking the time to stop by!

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    1. The Storyteller says:

      Jake, the maker of maps! Thank you for stopping by to comfort me. I appreciate the gift of the Mystery Blogger award. It means a lot to me. Stay warm in Canada, Jake Lewie. Your halberd makes the fearsome Admiral Gryll and his mercenaries tremble.

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  6. SeekSolaceInWords says:

    She seems to have been a most amazing soul. Sweet, strong, fierce, wise, and loving.

    Your poem is very beautiful. And I am so sorry for your loss.

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    1. The Storyteller says:

      Thank you for stopping by, friend. She was indeed all of those descriptions. I miss her deeply. She was a amazing grandmother.

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  7. Goff James says:

    Sorry to hear about your sad loss. What a beautiful tribute. So many fond memories to treasure.

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  8. Lydia Potter says:

    Sad, but sweet.
    It’s wonderful to know when a loved one is in Heaven…. we will get to see them again.

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      1. charlypriest says:

        No problem, I think I read in some comment something about heaven, so if she was a person of faith as I am she is in good hands now.

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  9. sunipukadiyil says:

    Your tribute is expresswd by the sweet memories and love for grandma! Very sorry for your loss!!! 🌸

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  10. jeofreyogire says:

    I am so sad to hear about your Grandma’s death. I pray for her soul rest in peace Grandmother. And to you my dear friend, Brothers Campfire, I pray to the Lord to give you the strength of endurance and perseverance.
    May the Lord be with you.

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  11. katelon says:

    How sweet to honor your Grandmother. It sounds like she made it to her birthday, entering and exiting life on the same day, wow! I’m sorry for your loss.

    I appreciate you following my blog and introducing me to yours!

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    1. The Storyteller says:

      Thank you for your kindness! We sang her two different versions of Happy Birthday, and she past shortly thereafter, a strong example of endurance and fortitude. I have been forever impacted by her remarkable life. I appreciate you stopping by, Katelon!

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      1. katelon says:

        So interesting and sweet that she died on her birthday. I’m so glad you were able to sign happy birthday to her before she died. In a way it is a birthday…..not only celebrating her birth but her soul’s release of that body so she can move on to something else 🙂

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  12. katelon says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss but grateful she was able to live 90 years and that you got to share many of those with her.

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